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Cross Marin

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 3.7 (9)

This wide, multi-use trail covers a lot of beautiful ground at a very pleasant grade.


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Map Key

5.5

Miles

8.9

KM

Doubletrack

202' 61 m

High

72' 22 m

Low

218' 67 m

Up

102' 31 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Horses, dogs and bikes allowed on this trail.

Description

The family-friendly Cross Marin trail parallels lovely Lagunitas Creek (also called Paper Mill Creek). It consists of some paved sections (the northern end and where it travels through Samuel P. Taylor State Park) and hard-packed gravel or dirt for the remainder. Because the trail runs on the bed of the old North Pacific Coast Railroad (which ran from Sausalito up the coast to the Russian River) the grade is mostly flat and mellow.

Officially, the northern terminus of Cross Marin is the Platform Bridge Road and the southern end is the Inkwell Bridge area, but the trail can be used in either direction and in sections. You'll bike under second growth redwoods and along stretches of more open, oak-covered hillsides. There are opportunities for wading or swimming in Lagunitas Creek.

Be aware: one part of the Cross Marin trail (near the Samuel P. Taylor State Park entrance and campgrounds) is also referred to as the Riding and Hiking Trail on park signs. Also, this trail is extremely popular with horses, dogs, hikers, and kids- so be prepared to share.

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Megan W

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  3.7 from 9 votes

#8

in Marin County

#10408

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#8

in Marin County

#775

in California

#10,408

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This is the perfect bike trail for our daughter, who is learning how to ride. No cars, and absolutely beautiful!
Jul 28, 2020 near Lagunit…, CA
Cross Marin Trail.
May 14, 2016 near Lagunit…, CA
Lagunitas Creek
Mar 10, 2015 near Lagunit…, CA

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Jun 20, 2021
Florin Rosca
May 8, 2021
Matthew Jennings
Half on the trail is a paved road, and half is dirt road. Ride along creek in the woods, so it doesn't get too hot. 11mi — 1h 21m
Jun 12, 2020
Orlando Gonzales
Beginner Ride #1
Jun 11, 2020
Heather B
Jun 10, 2020
Siu Saeteun
Jun 3, 2018
Lucy Wyer
Nov 29, 2015
cami beckerdite
With Lorj